After receiving my @vsco Grid earlier this month, I wanted to find a way to meaningfully separate its content from my daily Instagram content. Since the Grid’s focus is mobile photography and basically shooting what’s in front of you, I decided to focus on the city I spend most of my time in: Detroit.
For the next several months, I’ll be sharing photos of Detroit as I experience it personally each day — no ruin porn, nothing but the city as I see it (and have experienced it even growing up). A “real” city. Full of life, full of cool people and places and things.
For the first time in its history, Libération is published without photographs. In their place: a series of empty frames that create a form of silence; an uncomfortable one.
To coincide with Paris Photo’s opening, French newspaper Libération has chosen to remove all images from its 14 November issue in a bid to show the power and importance of photography at a time when the industry is facing unprecedented challenges, say the newspaper’s editors.
The publication Libération recently published an entire newspaper without photographs in response to the slashing of photo department budgets (and sometimes entire photo departments). The result was visually astonishing, with the distinct sense of a large and unnatural void.
Because I had the misfortune of beginning my photography career around the same time budget cuts started happening, it’s been harder for me than perhaps someone a few generations older had it at my age, getting their foot in the door. I’m fortunate enough to be adding new clients monthly, and it’s still possible for even younger photographers — especially with publications like Libération in our corner now.
Over the summer, I had the opportunity to photograph a group of delightful guys who had recently started collecting vintage motorcycles in Venice, CA. Photographing motorcyles was much easier — and much more fun — than I ever thought, and started the wheels turning for an upcoming series on contemporary motorcycle culture. Here is an image from that set, of Brandon Knaff, resting before a ride on his bike.
As a few of you know, I recently made the decision to come back from Los Angeles after living there for the summer and mulling over the idea of moving there permanently. It’s a decision I’m happy with, as the overall vibe of L.A. just wasn’t my thing. It’s a wonderful city but I am, in general, an urban city girl. I need breathing room for creating. I like my cities gritty and romantic, and covered in a gray grime that just doesn’t happen on the West Coast. So I came home to one of the most beautiful (and underrated) cities I’ve yet known: Detroit.
In celebration of the city that helped make me who I am, I began a photo series inspired by Detroit’s inspiring rock and roll history. Here’s an image from the first set of that series, with more to follow soon.
The models featured here are Jenn Rapier and Ante Aurora.